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Undergraduate Course: Critical Care Nursing (NUST10036)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Health in Social Science CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThe aim of this course is to explore some of the complexity of nursing in relation to critical care. The course aims further to provide students with a sound understanding of the application of biological and social science principles to areas of clinical practice.
Course description Not entered
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements Only available to Nursing students
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesOnly available to CPD students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Not being delivered
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. The learning outcomes are designed to provide students with education opportunities such that on completion of the course and associated personal study they will be able to:

    - demonstrate understanding of anatomy and physiology applied to nursing in the critical care setting
  2. - explore and demonstrate an understanding of the underlying conditions contributing to the need for critical care
    - demonstrate the knowledge and understanding of the psychological and emotional experience of the individual to the clinical reality of health and illness.
    - understand the rationale for investigative and therapeutic procedures in critical care within a holistic framework for care.
    - explore the ethical and social issues relating to critical care.
    - critically appraise the therapeutic procedures in critical care from an ethical perspective in relation to nursing practice.
Reading List
Specific journals: (all available in library)
Journal of Clinical Nursing
British Medical Journal
Journal of Advanced Nursing
International Journal of Nursing Studies
Heart & Lung
Intensive and Critical Care Nursing
Nursing in Critical Care
Dimensions of Critical Care
Critical Care Medicine
Journal of Critical Care Medicine
Web Sites
All resources are already available in library therefore no additional outlay is required.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills NMC proficiencies for registration are organised around Essential Skills Clusters (ESCs). These are identified below and discussed in more detail in a separate document, available on WebCT.

The ESCs identify skills to support the NMC outcomes to progress to the branch and the proficiencies for entry to the register and cover the following headings:

Care, compassion and Communication (CCC)
Organisational aspects of care (OAC)
Infection prevention and control (IPC)
Nutrition and fluid maintenance (NFM)
Medicines management (MM)

The proposed honours option in Critical Care Nursing will, over the course of the option, cover some aspects of all of the above ESCs.
KeywordsNot entered
Course organiserDr Jennifer Tocher
Tel: (0131 6)51 1991
Course secretaryMiss Morven Sutherland
Tel: (0131 6)51 3972
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